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Notts Help Yourself Provider Bulletin January 2020

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Happy new year and welcome to the January 2020 edition of the Notts Help Yourself Provider e-bulletin. The bulletins will let you know about new developments on the Notts Help Yourself website. If you need more information about these stories or would like to contribute something to a future edition please email

Provider training

Do you deliver training to other providers or host training sessions that other providers could attend? If so, you can list them on the provider training and events calendar which will enable others to book directly onto your courses. 

See guide on how to list courses and events

Could you provide short breaks for children with disabilities?

Notts County Council is looking for providers who can offer quality short breaks for children and young people with disabilities to help them take part in positive activities away from their primary care givers. This also gives parents/carers  a break from their caring responsibilities. Provision could include one to one support to access activities in the local community, sitting in the home environment or group activities.

Current gaps in the market include:

  • Provision in Bassetlaw, Newark and rural areas of Rushcliffe
  • Providers who can support with complex medical/health care needs and personal care support
  • Group provision for young people 12+

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further please contact Phil Smith in the Children’s Commissioning Team: 0115 8040944 /

Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 system support ending

Windows have announced that they have stopped supporting Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. This means that they will no longer send security updates to machines that run these operating systems.

There will be no more security patches meaning Windows 7 will become less secure over time. By using a system that is no longer supported could leave an organisation at risk of a GDPR breach.

Recommended options:

  • Upgrade to ‘Windows 10’. Find out if your machine has the system requirements to run ‘Windows 10’ by clicking here
  • If available purchase an Extended Security Update. Find out more in the Windows FAQ sheet

Reporting to the Ombusman

If you are an organisation that provides social care support to people who pay for their own care and support, it is important that you inform the individual that if they were not happy with the service being provided they have the right to raise a complaint with the Ombudsman.

Find out more

Updated Adult Social Care Market Position Statement

The Market Position Statement provides key market intelligence, which will be useful to existing and potential providers in making business and investment decisions. It has been updated since it went live in July 2019.

Read the Market Position Statement

Skills for Care Event

If you support individuals who employ their own personal assistants through a direct payment, personal health budget or with their own money, or if you're an individual employer, come along to this free event on Thursday 6 February, at the Link Hotel in Loughborough to keep you up to date with latest good practice and to help you network with other people in the sector.

Find out more

Recruiting Talent is coming to Nottinghamshire

Recruiting Talent in Nottinghamshire is bringing together local businesses and experts at a series of events now being delivered across the county.

The events will:

  • Help employers to understand the current landscape around employment and skills in each Nottinghamshire district
  • Include a keynote address from a range of partners including the Chief Executive from each district
  • Present an opportunity to contribute to the local priorities in each district and wider plans in the Nottinghamshire and D2N2 area
  • Act as a catalyst to positive change around recruitment enabling employers to better prepare and adapt to meet their future recruitment needs
  • Showcase the benefits of inclusive recruitment, with case studies and input from employers who are reaping the benefits of increased productivity and growth
  • Show how you can change the way you recruit to encourage more local people to work for your business and the opportunity to tell us what support you need to make this happen
  • Help to change the way you work to retain your best talent
  • Highlight how your Local Enterprise Partnership (D2N2) and other partners can help your business to increase productivity

Find out more

Support for new Micro Provider organisations

Are you or someone you know thinking of setting up a Microprovider organisation? Do you already operate a Small or Medium Enterprise in Nottinghamshire and are looking to grow your business?

If so, Nottinghamshire County Council can offer support such as listening to your ideas, providing information around the legal requirements and care regulations that might apply to the service that is being set up, connect you to training opportunities and direct you to other organisations who can assist you.

Find out more

Make a difference – become a personal assistant

Do you know anyone who is keen to help make a difference to the life of others? If so they may want to consider becoming a personal assistant (PA). The role has flexible working hours and can include tasks such as cleaning, shopping, leisure activities, support with personal care and other tasks to help them live independently in their own home.

If you know anyone who is interested, they can access more information or apply to join the Council’s Support with Confidence PA accreditation scheme by clicking here .

New Brexit section available within the Notts Help Yourself Provider Corner

A new BREXIT information category has been added to the Resources section of the Provider corner on the Notts Help yourself website. This contains information for Providers relating to Brexit.

To obtain latest BREXIT information for providers you can go to the GOV.UK website.

Web statistics

Find out how the website has been used by the public, including common search terms. See if there are any service gaps your service might be able to fill, including boxing clubs for women aged 16-25, visually impaired tennis groups outside of Nottingham and cookery classes for 16-25 year olds. You can now also access information on the current gaps for short breaks services for disabled children and young adults.

Find out more

Your information

Please make sure that you keep your organisation's details up to date and make any changes on your profile section of the website.

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